Well, today was another day in the classroom. The instructor does a nice job and is kinda funny also. Today we went over the DMV testing that we will do on Wednesday. We also went over logbooks, which we will not use much since Central Refrigerated is using electronic log books. But no matter what school you go to, I am sure they will teach you how the logbook works because you're going to have to know the rules no matter what system you are using.
The living area is getting better, and I need to get used to it since it is bigger than the sleeper of a tractor trailer. But at the same time I am looking forward to going to the hotel next week.
Today we did do some practice testing for the CDL exam and I did just fine. Just a word of advice for anyone wanting to get into trucking and will be going to a truck driving school that is only 15 days long - get online or get the CDL manual for the state you will be studying in and study, study and study some more. I am very glad that I did!
And by the way, we have online practice CDL tests here at TruckingTruth so check em out!
Well that is it for today.
What a nice day in Utah. Unfortunately, we lost a few students yesterday. I think two of them were because they didn't pass the DOT physical and two because of their background check. Central Refrigerated Trucking will not mess around on the background check. If you have any criminal background, you are gone.
Today we went to the DMV and took our cdl tests. We had 6 students that did not pass. They have one more try on Thursday and if they do not pass, they are sent home. By the way, in case you are wondering, I passed!
So the next phase starts on Thursday when we will be watching some movies and taking some more tests. Central Refrigerated requires that we score a prefect 100% on our safety exam, and nothing else will do. But the good news is that you can take the test as many times as you need.
They do keep you busy around here though. Homework and studying every night. Well, I guess those 2 am study sessions paid off for me today!
I do like the CDL training though. It is very fast paced but the instructors really do care and they want everyone to graduate and get their CDL. The one thing I really do like is the fact that they give you 5 days to decide if you want to stay or not. If you decide that trucking is not for you, they let you go home and you don't owe them anything.
Well I better run. I need to study and do my homework. Tonight we need to read 3 chapters and study the Smith System on defensive driving.
So far this school is working great for me!
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.
A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.
State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.
The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.
Our CDL training at the end of week one has us out on the range backing up tractor trailers and doing pre-trip inspections.
by Peter Jr
Well I finally did it! After a whole year of thinking about it, I decided it was time for me to dive head-first into over-the-road truck driving!
by Adrian Nunenkamp
So finally I got into truck driving school and started the classroom phase. Some was fun, some was boring, but then we started the yard phase.
Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.
The pace of CDL training at trucking school has started out very fast and it's been a tough adjustment in lifestyle for both my husband and myself.
The fast pace of CDL training at truck driving school continues as students continue to drop out of the program due to health and background issues.
Well, it's been one week since Randy left for CDL training, and what a week it's been. It went by fast for him, it felt more like a month to me.
by Rick Huffman
The beginning of my truck driving adventures started here with cdl school where I met an incredible variety of people looking to become truck drivers
Getting started with CDL training meant a ton of bookwork in the beginning, working outside in temps below zero, and busting up some drivetrains.
by Brett Aquila
Learning to back up a rig is clumsy at best. Nothing about it is easy. Having fun with it helps make learning easier, but prepare to embarrass yourself!
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